The project was started with the vision of contributing on the occasion of 50th year of Indian independence. Attracting attention of the tourist towards Ahmadnagar was also one of the aims. Initially it was decided to portray some pictures which depict the struggle of Indian Independence. Later it was decided to draw pictures of some great Indian personalities. The team of friends comprising from various fields helped Pramod in finalizing the list of people to be included. Initially sketches of 250 people were planned but later it reached to number 500. Categorization was done of these 500 personalities, which was a part of preparation of the project. The various categories made were – sages, deities, freedom fighters, Bharat Ratna awardees, Dadasaheb Phalke awardees, GyanPeeth awardees, Param Vir Chakra recipients and the masters in various fields of life that includes sportspersons, musicians, dancers, painters, theater personalities, singers, social activists, pioneer industrialist etc. Various sources including encyclopedias, magazines, books were referred. Sakal, a Marathi newspaper, helped in getting some rare sketches which were not easily available.
The project preparation started in the year of 1996. The actual work of drawing pencil sketch started in May 1997. It got completed on the eve of independence day of 1997. (15 Aug 1997). It took 72 consecutive days, which was 1728 hours of work. Pramod dedicated 3 months for this project. He had to work at night to reduce disturbance of street watchers. The artist believes that this pencil sketch was the turning point in his life. Expenses made for this painting were 500,000 Rs. It included preparations of the wall, painting of the wall and other procedures to make the wall ready for pencil drawing. Initially, the pencil required for the sketch were sponsored by Camlin (A pencil company) till the completion of the project.
The top of the sketch comprises the sages. These include Ram, Krishna, Vyas, Dnyaneshwar, Tukaram, Gautam Buddha, Gurunanak etc. The Bharat mata at the center is holding the tri-colour map of India. The later part contains freedom fighters of India. The Bharat Ratna Laureates are just besides that. Various sports personalities are drawn on the left side and various singers and music artists are drawn on the right. Sketches of the artists (like dancers) are made along with their poses. Sketches of musical artists are made along with their musical instruments. For easy identification, sport personalities are also drawn with their famous poses or sport instruments. No water color or any special material is used for this project.Largest pencil sketch in India.
No use of eraser during the sketch.
72 consecutive days, 1728 hours of work.
The pencil sketch which comprises 500 personalities on a single wall.
Shivaji, Samarth Ramdas, Mahatma Gandhi, Subhashchandra Bose, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Vivekanand, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosale, Mukesh, Raja Rammohan Roy, Babasaheb Ambedkar, Jyotiba Phule
Baba Amte, Babasaheb Ambedkar, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Dayananda Saraswati, Dhondo Keshav Karve, Gopal Ganesh Agarkar, Gopal Hari Deshmukh, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Jyotirao Phule, Mahadev Govind Ranade, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Pandita Ramabai, Periyar E. V. Ramasami, Ram Mohan Roy, Sahajanand Saraswati, Swami Vivekananda, Syed Ahmad Khan, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Vinoba Bhave, Vitthal Ramji Shinde,
Mahadaji Scindia, Nana Fadnavis, Rani Lakshmibai, Nana Sahib, Tantia Tope, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Dadabhai Naoroji, Bhikaiji Cama, Shyamji Krishna Varma, Annie Besant, Lala Lajpat Rai, Bipin Chandra Pal, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Rajaji, K. M. Munshi, Bhagat Singh, Sarojini Naidu, Sardar Patel, Subhas Chandra Bose, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Jawaharlal Nehru, Pritilata Waddedar, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Hariprasad Chaurasia, Alla Rakha, Ravi Shankar, Zakir Hussain, Shivkumar Sharma, Birju Maharaj, Rohini Bhate, Gopi Krishna, Amjad Ali Khan, Bismillah Khan
Bhimsen Joshi, Jasraj, Kumar Gandharva, Abdul Karim Khan, Abdul Wahid Khan, Amir Khan, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Basavaraj Rajguru, D. V. Paluskar, Faiyaz Khan, Gangubai Hangal, Hirabai Barodekar, Kesarbai Kerkar, Kishori Amonkar, Shruti Sadilokar Katkar, Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, Kumar Gandharva, Mallikarjun Mansur, Mogubai Kurdikar, Nazakat and Salamat Ali Khan, Nivruttibua Sarnaik, Omkarnath Thakur, Prabha Atre, Rashid Khan, Roshan Ara Begum, Sharafat Hussein Khan, Ulhas Kashalkar, Jitendra Abhisheki, Hirabai Badodekar, Begum Akhtar, Firoz Dastur, Parveen Sultana
Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav, Viswanathan Anand, Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, PT Usha, Milkha Singh, Dhyan Chand
G. Sankara Kurup, Tarashankar Bandopadhyay, Kuppali Venkatappagowda Puttappa, Umashankar Joshi, Sumitranandan Pant, Firaq Gorakhpuri, Viswanatha Satyanarayana, Bishnu Dey, Ramdhari Singh 'Dinkar', D. R. Bendre, Gopinath Mohanty, Vishnu Sakharam Khandekar, P. V. Akilan, Asha Purna Devi, K. Shivaram Karanth, Sachchidananda Vatsyayan, Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya, S. K. Pottekkatt, Amrita Pritam, Mahadevi Varma, Masti Venkatesha Iyengar, Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai, Pannalal Patel, Sachidananda Routray, Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar, C. Narayana Reddy, Qurratulain Hyder, V. K. Gokak, Subhas Mukhopadhyay, Naresh Mehta, Sitakant Mahapatra, U. R. Ananthamurthy, M. T. Vasudevan Nair, Mahasweta Devi, Ali Sardar Jafri
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, C. Rajagopalachari, C. V. Raman, Bhagwan Das, Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya, Jawaharlal Nehru, Govind Ballabh Pant, Dhondo Keshav Karve, Bidhan Chandra Roy, Purushottam Das Tandon, Rajendra Prasad, Zakir Hussain, Pandurang Vaman Kane, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, V. V. Giri, K. Kamaraj, Mother Teresa, Acharya Vinoba Bhave, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, M. G. Ramachandran, B. R. Ambedkar, Nelson Mandela, Rajiv Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Morarji Desai, Abul Kalam Azad, J. R. D. Tata, Satyajit Ray, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Gulzarilal Nanda, Aruna Asaf Ali
Devika Rani Chaudhuri Roerich, B. N. Sircar, Prithviraj Kapoor, Pankaj Mullick, Ruby Myers, Bommireddy Narasimha Reddy, Dhirendranath Ganguly, Kanan Devi, Nitin Bose, Rai Chand Boral, Sohrab Modi, Paidi Jairaj, Naushad Ali, L. V. Prasad, Durga Khote, Satyajit Ray, V. Shantaram, Bommireddy Nagi Reddy, Raj Kapoor, Ashok Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Bhalji Pendharkar, Bhupen Hazarika, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Dilip Kumar, Rajkumar, Sivaji Ganesan, Pradeep
Major Som Nath Sharma, Lance Naik Karam Singh, Second Lieutenant Rama Raghoba Rane, Naik Jadu Nath Singh, Company Havildar Major Piru Singh Shekhawat, Captain Gurbachan Singh Salaria, Major Dhan Singh Thapa, Subedar Joginder Singh Sahnan, Major Shaitan Singh, Company Quarter Master Havildar Abdul Hamid, Lieutenant-Colonel Ardeshir Burzorji Tarapore, Lance Naik Albert Ekka, Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon, 2/Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal, Major Hoshiar Singh, Naib Subedar Bana Singh, Major Ramaswamy Parameshwaran